Division B Facilities, Technologies and Data Science



19 July 2019

IAU Symposia 2020

Following the annual IAU Executive meeting (EC103) in Rome nine Symposia were selected for 2020 (see https://www.iau.org/news/announcements/detail/ann19032/ )

Of these, Division B is the Coordinating Division for IAUS 362: "Predictive Power of Computational Astrophysics as a Discovery Tool" (France, Jun 8-13, 2020).




11 May 2017

IAU Inter-Commission B2-C1-C2 WG Data Driven Astronomy Education and Public Outreach (DAEPO) was launched

With a new item appearing on the IAU Working Groups webpage, the new approved IAU Inter-Commission B2-C1-C2 WG Data Driven Astronomy Education and Public Outreach (DAEPO) was launched officially.

This inter-commission working group is hosted at the IAU Division B (Facilities, Technologies and Data Science) Commission B2 (Data and Documentation), and organized jointly with Commission C1 (Astronomy Education and Development), Commission C2 (Communicating Astronomy with the Public), Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) and several other non IAU communities, for example International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA) Education Interest Group, American Astronomical Society (AAS) Worldwide Telescope Advisory Board, International Planetarium Society, Zooniverse project. The WG consists of 16 founding members, including 9 members and 7 associate members.

With the development of many mega-science astronomical projects, for example CTA, DESI, EUCLID, FAST, GAIA, JWST, LAMOST, LSST, SDSS, SKA, and large scale simulations, astronomy has become a Big Data science. Astronomical data is not only necessary resource for scientific research, but also very valuable resource for education and public outreach (EPO), especially in the era of Internet and Cloud Computing. Maximizing the values of astronomical data in education and public outreach is the mission of the WG. The working group has the major objectives to: 1) Act as a forum to discuss the value of astronomy data in EPO, the advantages and benefits of data driven EPO, and the challenges facing to data driven EPO; 2) Provide guidelines, curriculums, data resources, tools, and e-infrastructure for data driven EPO; 3) Provide best practices of data driven EPO.

More information about the Working Group is available at:


The website will keep updated with latest progresses.



24 February 2017


IAU S339: Southern Horizons in Time-Domain Astronomy

Stellenbosch (near Cape Town), South Africa,  November 13-17, 2017

Symposium Website:  http://iaus339.ast.uct.ac.za/

Studies of variability constitute immensely important sources of information about how objects in the cosmos form and evolve.  Variability can involve times-scales from a millisecond to a century and beyond, and it can embrace the whole electromagnetic spectrum or just one portion of it. New techniques, new technology, new data-mining skills or just more persistence are extending the realms of time-domain astronomy (TDA) and our capacity to capture information in novel and exciting ways, driving theory and inspiring searches for new kinds of phenomena.  S339 will tackle a broad spectrum of topics by seeking commonalities among quite different kinds of objects that display similar types of variability, drawing information and ideas from the many new and up-coming surveys, particularly those in the southern hemisphere, and opening discussions: Is communication adequate?  Are follow-ups optimal?  Are data-mining tools sufficient?  Specific topics will be examined in Workshops which attendees are invited to organize.

Registration will be open shortly.

Limited travel funding from the IAU may be awarded to students and to those from developing countries.  A link on the website explains the eligibility for grants, and includes the application form required and the dates.


Patrick Woudt (S Africa)

Mark Sullivan (UK)

Rob Seaman (USA)

Elizabeth Griffin (Canada)

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